Competition: Brazil Serie A
Market: Atlético Mineiro win
Odds: 13/10 @ 888sport
Knowing that victory in midweek could skyrocket them to the top of the Brazil Serie A table, Atlético Mineiro will make the trip to the Castelão when they face off against Ceará late on Thursday night.
Starting with the hosts, while Ceará might have managed to snatch themselves what was a flattering point against Internacional on the road last weekend, Vozão have really struggled to get themselves going since opening the new campaign. Coming under real scrutiny for what was a dreadful display in their 3-0 drumming at the hands of Fortaleza on home soil in the Copa do Brasil earlier in the month, Guto Ferreira’s side are desperately seeking a boost. Aside from opening the new Serie A campaign with an action-packed 3-2 victory against Grêmio on May 30th, Ceará have failed to win any of their last four top-flight contests and also hold what is a worrying record against Thursday’s opponents. Without a win in their last four straight meetings against the Brazilian high-flyers, Ferreira’s men have also collected just a single point on that winless run.
As for the visitors, although Atlético Mineiro might have been disappointed to have collected their own point against Chapecoense earlier in the week, Galo have continued to impress many across Brazil so far this season. Knowing that victory on Thursday night could see them skyrocket their way to the top of the table, the Belo Horizonte-based outfit find themselves enjoying a real purple patch. With the mood in their camp still at a real high, Cuca’s side are enjoying a six-match unbeaten run across all formats since opening June and Mineiro should also be excited by their continued success on the road. Last seen away from the Mineirão picking up a 1-0 win against Internacional, the midweek guests have won each of their last four contests on the road, recording a clean sheet in each of those victories.
Bet: Atlético Mineiro 13/10 to beat Ceará in Thursday’s Brazil Serie A contest @ 888sport
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